Welcome and Opening – Participants
Monday, 10 November 2014 / 10:00-10:30
Keynote: Stefan Gsänger, Go 100 % Renewables Campaign
After studying Political Sciences in Erlangen and Barcelona, Stefan Gsänger worked for Dr. Hermann Scheer, Member of the German Parliament. Mr Gsänger has managed the World Wind Energy Association since its foundation in 2001. Under his direction, WWEA has become the voice of the wind sector worldwide, with members in more than 100 countries. WWEA attained Special Consultative Status at the UN. Mr Gsänger has been adviser to many governments and international organisations and holds many positions in renewable energy organisations, including: REN21, International Renewable Energy Alliance, Global100%RE campaign, and Japan Renewable Energy Foundation.
Moderator: Stefan Schurig, World Future Council
Stefan Schurig is an architect by training and has been devoting most of his professional career to climate change issues and to the transformation of the energy sector. Before he became the Director Climate Energy at the World Future Council (WFC) in 2007 he was the spokesperson for Greenpeace in Germany from 1998-2002. He further became member of the Senior Management Team and headed the Climate and Energy department of Greenpeace for five years until 2007. During this time he also co-founded Germany’s nation wide green electricity supplier Greenpeace Energy. As Director Climate Energy at the World Future Council he initiated the international policy campaign on climate change, renewable energy and sustainable city development. In 2008 he became a member of the energy advisory board of the International Building Exhibition (IBA) in Hamburg and was appointed by UN Habitat as member of the steering committee of its World Urban Campaign. He is also member of the advisory board of the climate adaptation programme by the German government. In 2009 he founded the WFC international expert commission on Cities and Climate Change. This commission launched three reports among them the greater vision for‚ regenerative cities’, which he co-authored. He directly advises governments and parliamentarians around the globe and has authored and co-authored various publications on climate change subjects in recent years.
Stephan Singer, WWF
Director of Global Energy Policy in the Global Climate and Energy Initiative of WWF International since 2008. The programme is in charge of promotion of ambitious renewable energy targets in next decades in line with 100% sustainable renewable energy by 2050 supported by strong energy conservation measures and overcoming energy poverty in developing countries by 2030.
Studied biology, chemistry, physics and soil science at the University in Hamburg, completed 1987 with Master’s degree (soil science, physics) on acid rain impacts on a beech forest in Northern Germany. PhD in carbon cycling and fertility in Indian agricultural soil.
Emani Kumar, ICLEI
Emani Kumar currently oversees strategic development of ICLEI in Asia region and coordinates various multi-year & small scale projects and research work supported by various donor and UN agencies; State and National governments of India and Research Organizations. Emani has more than eighteen years of professional experience on issues related to climate change policy and planning, local governance, renewable energy and energy efficiency, social accountability, systems management and auditing. Previously Mr. Kumar worked with premier Indian industry association – “Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and also premier Indian urban institute – “National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA). Emani has a Diploma in Environmental Management from Bradford University, UK and a Masters Degree in Environmental Planning and a Bachelors Degree in Civil Engineering.
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